We have previously written about a worrying trend in national hiring practices over the past few years. Despite the high numbers of long-term unemployment caused by the recession, a growing number of employers have been engaging in employment status discrimination.
Earlier this week, we wrote that Florida lawmakers have recently proposed at least five bills that would prohibit specific discriminatory actions by employers in the state. If passed, these bills would level the playing field for many struggling Florida residents including the GLBT community and those whose jobs were affected by the recession.
Last month, we wrote that a state legislator has introduced a bill called the Competitive Workforce Act that seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in all Florida workplaces. The bill also applies to gender identity or expression discrimination.
After more than two years of legal battles, the telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement will positively affect thousands of former AT&T employees who are seeking employment again since retiring.
Because of the economic recession of the last few years, many qualified and skilled individuals have nonetheless been unable to find or keep work. Ironically, some employers in South Florida are refusing to consider applicants simply because they don't already have a job.